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What are the benefits of pre-booking my car hire?

19 May 2014

So you've booked your holiday, you're deciding what to pack and you're ticking off all of your to-dos before you jet off. But have your remembered to add car hire to the list?

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Booking your hire car early can save you money and give you a better choice of vehicle

Many assume they can pick up a car from the airport when they arrive at their destination, but this 'walk-up' price can often be extortionate.

Of course, this is the main benefit of booking your hire car in advance: finding the best price. It tends to be that the closer you leave securing your hire car to the date of arrival, the higher the price will be.

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Booking your car hire well before your holiday can save you up to 70% when compared to the walk-up price at an airport's rental desk.

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Better choice of vehicle

In the months of July and August, car hire prices tend to rocket as vehicles are in short supply; some types of car can even sell out completely – in particular the large family cars and the smallest motors.

This leads us to the second main advantage of pre-booking your car hire: choice. As well as enabling you to be smug in the knowledge you've grabbed a bargain, you will also be able to choose from the full range of cars on offer.

So whether you're after a sporty convertible or a people carrier for a large group of you, there's bound to be something that takes your fancy.

What are you waiting for? Pre-book your car hire today and mark a big tick next to it on that to-do list.

For more tips and useful information, browse our motoring articles.

Get your quote for Saga Travel Insurance today – and don’t forget to add your Hire Car Excess Waiver Insurance too.

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